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Radeon RX 6800 XT vs Radeon RX 6900 XT

Intro

The Radeon RX 6800 XT uses a 7 nm design. AMD has set the core speed at 1825 MHz. The GDDR6 memory runs at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this card. It features 4608 SPUs along with 288 Texture Address Units and 128 ROPs.

Compare that to the Radeon RX 6900 XT, which uses a 7 nm design. AMD has clocked the core speed at 1825 MHz. The GDDR6 memory is set to run at a frequency of 2000 MHz on this card. It features 5120 SPUs along with 320 TAUs and 128 ROPs.

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Power Usage and Theoretical Benchmarks

Both cards have the same power consumption.

Memory Bandwidth

Both cards have the exact same bandwidth, so in theory they should perform the same. (explain)

Texel Rate

The Radeon RX 6900 XT will be just a bit (about 11%) better at AF than the Radeon RX 6800 XT. (explain)

Radeon RX 6900 XT 584000 Mtexels/sec
Radeon RX 6800 XT 525600 Mtexels/sec
Difference: 58400 (11%)

Pixel Rate

Both cards have the exact same pixel fill rate, so in theory they should be equally good at at AA, and be capable of handling the same resolutions. (explain)

Please note that the above 'benchmarks' are all just theoretical - the results were calculated based on the card's specifications, and real-world performance may (and probably will) vary at least a bit.

Price Comparison

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

Specifications

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Model Radeon RX 6800 XT Radeon RX 6900 XT
Manufacturer AMD AMD
Year November 2020 2020
Code Name Navi 21 Navi 21
Memory 16384 MB 16384 MB
Core Speed 1825 MHz 1825 MHz
Memory Speed 2000 GB/s 2000 GB/s
Power (Max TDP) 300 watts 300 watts
Bandwidth 524288 MB/sec 524288 MB/sec
Texel Rate 525600 Mtexels/sec 584000 Mtexels/sec
Pixel Rate 233600 Mpixels/sec 233600 Mpixels/sec
Unified Shaders 4608 5120
Texture Mapping Units 288 320
Render Output Units 128 128
Bus Type GDDR6 GDDR6
Bus Width 256-bit 256-bit
Fab Process 7 nm 7 nm
Transistors 26800 million 26800 million
Bus PCIe 4.0 x16 PCIe 4.0 x16
DirectX Version DirectX 12 DirectX 12
OpenGL Version OpenGL 4.6 OpenGL 4.6

Memory Bandwidth: Bandwidth is the maximum amount of data (counted in MB per second) that can be moved across the external memory interface within a second. The number is worked out by multiplying the bus width by its memory clock speed. If the card has DDR type memory, it must be multiplied by 2 again. If DDR5, multiply by ANOTHER 2x. The higher the card's memory bandwidth, the faster the card will be in general. It especially helps with AA, HDR and higher screen resolutions.

Texel Rate: Texel rate is the maximum number of texture map elements (texels) that can be applied in one second. This figure is worked out by multiplying the total amount of texture units by the core clock speed of the chip. The higher the texel rate, the better the card will be at texture filtering (anisotropic filtering - AF). It is measured in millions of texels applied per second.

Pixel Rate: Pixel rate is the maximum number of pixels that the graphics chip could possibly write to the local memory in one second - measured in millions of pixels per second. The figure is calculated by multiplying the number of colour ROPs by the the card's clock speed. ROPs (Raster Operations Pipelines - also sometimes called Render Output Units) are responsible for drawing the pixels (image) on the screen. The actual pixel fill rate also depends on lots of other factors, most notably the memory bandwidth of the card - the lower the bandwidth is, the lower the potential to reach the max fill rate.

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Radeon RX 6800 XT

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Please note that the price comparisons are based on search keywords - sometimes it might show cards with very similar names that are not exactly the same as the one chosen in the comparison. We do try to filter out the wrong results as best we can, though.

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